Lamp shade makeover

16 Nov

I have recently been doing crafts for myself and doing projects that I have long wanted to do. Making things for other people is lovely, but it’s nice once in a while to be able to make something pretty and be able to keep it for a change!  I brought these two fat quarters from The Eternal Maker earlier in the year and knew that I wanted to use them for something for myself , and when the latest issue of Mollie Makes landed on my doormat it gave me the perfect idea!

The article ‘Queens Of Granny Chic’ attracted me instantly and I hope to buy the book it is based on very soon! (Granny Chic-by Tif Fussell and Rachelle Blondel ) One project in the book is how to cover and make a patchwork lamp shade. I wasn’t quite brave enough to make a patchwork shade, so decided to simply use the two fabrics for a panelled effect.

The lamp stand itself is straight from my parents 70’s living room and I love it, the shade though was slightly less inspiring so I couldn’t wait to bring it back to life.

I ripped off the old dusty and tired fabric and used the frame to turn it from this:

Into This!:

I used the old cover as a template and sewed the pieces together with the machine. It is an almost perfect fit ( not bad for a first attempt!) I then hand stitched the top and bottom seams to the frame itself which holds it in place nicely and helps to define the shape.  I’m thinking about maybe adding a tassel or pompom trim to the bottom. Would love to know what you think? x

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9 Responses to “Lamp shade makeover”

  1. daren November 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Brilliant,was it easy enough for you consider making some for sale?

    • humbugbuttonbeetle November 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      Possibly…I could do simpler shaped shades, that could be good 🙂

  2. Georgina Giles November 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Lucy that is so you! And its great to find time to work on things for you, I’m trying to find the time to do that!

  3. Kola December 12, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    Your lamp shade looks wonderful. Check out my page for any future inspirations. http://www.kolarosedesigns.com

  4. rainbowgoat83 February 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Wow I love this it is just the kind f thing I want to do I need to find fabrics like this I love anything kitsch and retro it makes me smile 😀 I would probably put a fringe on it in a golden yellow but that’s just because I like it over the top at times lol :-)x

    • humbugbuttonbeetle February 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

      thanks! You should totally do it! Eternal Maker in Chichester do wonderful fabrics, that’s where these came from! I am still toying with the idea of a fringe, I was actually thinking pom pom trim! I too love a bit of OTT! x

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